COVID-19 – At the moment we are not hosting the Old Bridge Sessions. We have set up ongoing weekly online tune sessions instead using Zoom, which gives us the opportunity to play tunes along to a lead player, try out new tunes, and generally discuss matters of high import.
In normal times the Old Bridge Traditional Music Session takes place every Monday evening in the Old Bridge Inn, Ripponden. Thanks to Tim the landlord, we have been settled there for over 20 years. We wish Tim and Lindsay and all the family and staff well, and hope to be able to return in the not-too-distant future.
The Old Bridge Inn in Ripponden is probably Yorkshire’s oldest hostelry, appearing in recorded history in 1307. It’s worth a visit to enjoy the food, drink and atmosphere, but especially on Monday evenings to enjoy the music as well.
Commencing around 9pm every Monday, the session is a jamboree of mostly (but not exclusively) English tunes. The standard of playing is fairly high and you are welcome to come along and join in; lead your favourite tunes or play along with ours. There are recordings of our sets of tunes that we like, and plenty of printed music available for those who want to practice at home before venturing out to play in public. Chris Partington has put together a selection which you can find here.
The Ryburn music sessions are keeping a modern tradition alive because for over 40 years musicians around the Ryburn Valley have gathered together each week to sit in a pub, have a drink and play tunes on fiddles, melodeons, concertinas, hammer dulcimers and various other acoustic instruments.
Visiting musicians have recently included Vic Gammon, Pippa Sandford, Anahata and Mary Humphreys, Dave Somerville, and Hazel and Greg Smith from Cambridge.
In the early days the Sessions were held in The Blue Ball at Soyland and regulars even included visitors from across the great divide (i.e. from Lancashire) such as Mike Harding. In the last Century, when Bill Leader’s recording studio was only a couple of miles away, there were occasional surprise visitors such as Nic Jones, Tony Rose and on one occasion, Pick Withers from Dire Straits.
Contact Johnny Adams on 01422 822413 if you want some more information.